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More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Elisabeth. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

Top Bar Beekeeping 5 Replies

I live in the Auckland area and have been interested in Top Bar Hives for a while. I'd love to start keeping bees but before I do that I'd like to find a mentor who has experience with TBH beekeeping…Continue

Tags: natural beekeeping, TBH, top bar hive, beekeeping, bees

Started by Steff. Last reply by Janet Luke Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by Pbee on March 6, 2012 at 7:24pm

I believe Dallas is selling one right now on TradeMe

His queens are good and he ships them in the mail.

Hope that helps


Comment by Pbee on March 6, 2012 at 7:19pm

Then you need more than just a couple of frames of brood. You could buy a mated queen, depending on the numbers of bees in you hive, and new bees will hatch in 3 weeks. Providing your hive is Varroa free.If you have no brood in your hive, you could now treat for 24 hours with formic acid. This would ensure that when you give your hive a new queen, she finds a 'clean' home without bee-vampires. 

Comment by marjolijn vos on March 6, 2012 at 7:00pm

we think the Queen was a drone layer. Or there has been a laying worker

No Queen now. Great video Janet. We tried out something similar last

year. I'm not keen to do it again! Theres another video from the Barefoot

Beekeeper we used as direction.

Comment by Janet Luke on March 6, 2012 at 6:46pm

This video may be helpful for anyone wanting to convert Lang frames into a Top Bar Hive

Comment by Pbee on March 6, 2012 at 6:41pm

Hi Marjolijn,

can't help with top bars, but after reading through your you have a viable queen in your TBH? And have you treated for Varroa? And if you have, with what, please? If you have treated with any form of Thymol, your queen will not be laying for at least a fortnight.

Comment by marjolijn vos on March 6, 2012 at 5:46pm

Just trying another call for help from any top bar beekeepers in Auckland

to see if you could sell me a couple of frames of brood... Looking grim for

the remaining girls....

Comment by Pbee on February 20, 2012 at 7:42am

Hi Daniel, 

Let me share my train of thoughts...

What I have posted here I would call 'consumer feedback'.

When you, as a customer or consumer, go and read feedback of customers or consumers of products or services, you can learn of other's experiences of the offered products or services.

That is how customers or consumers learn of other customers or consumers experiences. A good product- or service provider will look upon the feedback to improve product or service. 

Where would we be at if every product or service provider would take disciplinary action against every consumer of product or service, who openly share their experiences of the offered products or services consumed?

There are brilliant people with 100's of combined years of beekeeping experience on The NZ Beekeepers forum. I am excited every time I get onto the Forum to read the shared experiences and advice of those brilliant people. As I am thrilled when I can share my experiences and you Daniel (Nubee) - as an example - can take this to your hives and get rid of the ants. I am really happy that my shared experience helped you to get rid of your ants.

It is all about sharing - and I am willing and able to share all my experiences! The good ones as well as the not so good ones.

That is how we learn!

I wish you lots of happy experiences with your bees and both of these Forums.

Don't Worry, Bee Happy!

Comment by Pbee on February 19, 2012 at 11:28pm

Hi Dansar, 

I thank you for your comment - appreciated! And I thank you for your success with dem Ants.

For my last post here - I have only shared my experiences. There is no attack or venting feelings. I think it is a great Forum - really! But posts that I have made hours ago are still, whilst the conversation has moved on, in the holding bin. I don't see that as an appreciation for my comments.

And for Finman, I am in direct communication and I have and am receiving valuable information, in Finman's broken English, 10 years of documented trials from 6 European countries. After I have confirmed and tested Finmans 'broken English' conclusions - I will post them here!

Don't Worry - Bee Happy!!! 

Comment by Daniel Martin on February 19, 2012 at 11:04pm

Pbee - this is the wrong way to vent your feelings -Finman (who I think you refer to) well and truly missed the point of the discussions and just couldnt get his point across in english nor understood 'kiwi' which frustrated everyone. The site is well managed and doesnt deserve a public slagging as it just received. Your input is appreciated when passing on valuble info for a new bee keeper such as myself -re  Lavendar oil to deter ants was a winner :). Cheers Dansar

Comment by Pbee on February 19, 2012 at 8:52pm

If you join the NZ Beekeepers forum, you better restrain yourself from telling everybody how you feel or Grant will 'gag' you! It is a great Forum considering the members, but Grant will not accept if you type with enthusiasm or if you have a different opinion. A world class scientist from Finland with lots of available information on treating Varroa has been devastated about the attitude on the NZ Beekeepers Forum. 


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